Director for News, Sports and Current Affairs at the Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service, Garfield Burford, believes Africa’s turnaround in Friday’s vote at the Commonwealth Secretary General meeting played a major role in the outcome of the race.

Mr. Burford was speaking on Nationwide This Morning.

He says Baroness Patricia Scotland’s proposition to end her term after 2 years contributed to Africa’s decision to vote for her. 

Baroness Patricia Scotland won with 27 votes while Jamaica’s Kamina Johnson Smith secured 24 votes.

Mr. Burford noted that confusion surrounding Jamaica’s bid for the post also added to Minister Johnson Smith’s loss.

Garfield Burford, Director for News, Sports and Current Affairs at the Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service.

Meanwhile, Political Analyst and Director of Caribbean Development Research Services, Peter Wickham, says Jamaica needs to now increase their interaction with regional leaders to have a more coordinated foreign policy.

Peter Wickham, Political Analyst and Director of Caribbean Development Research Services.